Jake Allee holds a BFA from The University of Iowa, and an MFA from the University of North Texas. During his academic carrier he has participated in study abroad programs in Italy at the International School of Graphic Arts in Venice Italy, and The University of the Andes in Venezuela. Other highlights include attending Utah State University as a special student in the ceramics program in 1999, travel abroad to Belgium, Brazil, Cambodia, The Czech Republic, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Holland, Jamaica, Korea, Mexico, Panama and Puerto Rico. During Graduate School Jake worked as an art handler serving all the Major art galleries and Museums in the Dallas Fort Worth area and participated in the construction of the firing facilities at the St. Petersburg Clay Company in Florida. Upon completion of his formal education Jake served 9 months as a studio assistant to Don Reitz and was a summer assistant in the Ceramics program at Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Jake has taught at Yavapai Community College in Clarkdale Arizona, McLennan Community College in Waco Texas, Tyler Junior College in Tyler Texas, and Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colorado. His work, photographs, and writings have been published in Clay Times Magazine, Ceramics Monthly Magazine, Pottery Making Illustrated, Massa Ceramics Magazine of Brazil, California Homes, Creative Quarterly Design Magazine, The Best of Artists book series by Kennedy Publishing, The Ceramic Arts Daily book series, and Surface Design for Ceramics by Lark Books. Jake’s work has been exhibited in 37 of the 50 United States, Cambodia, China, England, Japan, Spain, and The United Arab Emirates. The Northern Arizona Tozan Ceramics Collection, The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, The Las Cruses Museum of Art, The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, The Harlow Collection at Bemidji State University, The private collection of Robert and Louise Arnold, and the FLICAM Ceramic Museum in Fuping China are some of the permanent collections holding his work.

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I employ the ideas of the Gestaltist to arrange and rearrange the vocabulary of formal elements I have developed over the years that represent different elements of my life. I view my forms and textures as a bit of a scrabble game, arrangement and order create meaning; the possibilities are infinite. With this approach I construct vessel-oriented objects with surface attributes that are designed to complement the act of firing as a transformative process that is unique to the time of execution. Once this is achieved I use the object for experimentation in the finished surface through firing. I am constantly referencing the formal attributes of historical movements in Fine Art and Craft to give my work a context for understanding by the viewer or user. My work is always a record of where I’m at in time and an expression of living life as an adventure!

Jake Allee

Grand Junction, CO

Thank you for your interest in Jake’s work. If you have any questions about ordering or unlisted works please call the gallery at (731)267-7784